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Visit Sunny Chernobyl

And Other Adventures in the World's Most Polluted Places
Blackwell, Andrew (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, "Visit Sunny Chernobyl "fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as it is--not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer--and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.
Authors: Blackwell, Andrew, 1972-
Title: Visit sunny Chernobyl
and other adventures in the world's most polluted places
Publisher: New York : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, c2012
Characteristics: xiii, 306 p. :,maps ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Andrew Blackwell
Notes: Includes index
Contents: Visit sunny Chernobyl: day trips through a radioactive wonderland
The Great Black North: oil sands mining in Northern Alberta
Refineryville: Port Arthur, Texas, and the invention of oil
The 8th Continent: sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Soymageddon: deforestation in the Amazon
In search of Sad Coal Man: E-waste, coal, and other treasures of China
The gods of Sewage: downstream on India's most polluted river
Summary: For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the world. But in "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," Andrew Blackwell embraces a different kind of travel, taking a jaunt through the most gruesomely polluted places on Earth. From the hidden bars and convenience stores of a radioactive wilderness to the sacred but reeking waters of India, "Visit Sunny Chernobyl "fuses immersive first-person reporting with satire and analysis, making the case that it's time to start appreciating our planet as it is--not as we wish it would be. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to our biosphere's most tainted, most degraded ecosystems, and a measured consideration of what they mean for us. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer--and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our planet in the process.
ISBN: 9781605294452
1605294454
Branch Call Number: 363.73 B6321v 2012
Subject Headings: Tourism Environmental aspects Pollution
Topical Term: Tourism
Pollution
LCCN: 2011053229
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Join the discussion on Oct. 12, 2014. Irreverent and reflective, the book is a love letter to earth’s most tainted, degraded ecosystems. Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook.

List - Trash talkin' by: multcolib_tamaf Jul 07, 2014

This book is on a number of my lists because I love it so. It is on this list for the chapter on the recycling industry in China. You know all those old computer parts and cell phones you've taken somewhere other than a landfill? Quite often they're shipped to China for them to deal with. Why Chi... Read More »

For most of us, traveling means visiting the most beautiful places on Earth--Paris, the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon. It's rare to book a plane ticket to visit the lifeless moonscape of Canada's oil sand strip mines, or to seek out the Chinese city of Linfen, legendary as the most polluted in the ... Read More »

From the jacket: "Equal parts travelogue, expose, environmental memoir, and faux guidebook, Blackwell careens through a rogue's gallery of environmental disaster areas in search of the worst the world has to offer--and approaches a deeper understanding of what's really happening to our plane... Read More »

Did you know, unbelievably, that Chernobyl may be one of the largest nature preserves in Eastern Europe? Wait...what? There's loads more environmental disaster though if that's not your thing. Maybe Port Arthur, Texas, or the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is more your style. You'll love the prec... Read More »


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Apr 18, 2013
  • kepicturewoman rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. I read but do not consider myself a reader - rather a listener to books on tape - but this book kept me going. It was refreshing not to feel depressed that we've trashed the whole world. I seem to sign one petition after another - it is stressful. If you want to get in depth about any of the places he visits, there are plenty of books. Rather, he interviewed and travelled with people who live in these places. Did you realize there are 12 superfund sites in Seattle and over 100 throughout the State of Washington.

Apr 09, 2013
  • cmm740 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An excellent book about pollution, but not of the sanctimonious kind. An easy, light read, despite the heavy subject matter, and quite funny at times.

Feb 06, 2013
  • RobinByrd rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I only read the chapter on Chernobyl, and though I liked his writing, I thought it was essentially a "surface treatment" of the place. He didn't really know much about the place. It's okay if you're looking for an entertaining read... this is definitely that, or introductory sort of info, but if you're very knowledgeable about the disaster, you'll find it disappointing and a little flippant.

Feb 02, 2013
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The author visits the worst environmental disasters in the world, among them the Alberta oil sands, and what's surprising is his humanitarian and often humorous outlook even while documenting how damaged the earth has been by the activity he's describing. Excellent book, very very well-written. It's always a bonus to me when a writer is self-deprecating and honest and this one is.

Jan 06, 2013
  • ijaeger rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book reads as a collection of unrelated newspaper articles and not as a cohesive story. The presented facts are interesting

Oct 29, 2012
  • JohnnyArch rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This has to be one of the most informative, interesting and tongue in cheek humorous novels I have read in a long time.
The author takes you on a ride through the worlds dirtiest, smelliest, and environmentally disastrous locations within our globe. This stuff isn’t just textbook research, the guy actually made a yearlong holiday/work project out of it. Andrew Blackwell actually got in and soaked up the rads at Chernobyl, wallowed in India’s Yamuna River as well as enjoyed a toxic tour of Port Arthur, Texas.
Not just for the macabre glory of it, this novel reveals many insights to environmental disasters ongoing and flourishing on our small planet. You will not find any tree hugging commentary’s or radical green organizations to subscribe to within the pages either. Things are what they are and you are left to take in the realism any which way you choose.
The black humour is strewn throughout and really makes for enjoyable reading. You may even come to the horrific realization, as did the author that these environmental repulsions which many of us humans live, work, eat & bathe in, can even be revered after a while as...normal!
Warning disclosure to all to Greener’s; hug a tree and save a whale immediately before and after commissioning this book to your in tray.

By John Archibald, September 2012

Sep 12, 2012
  • greencat rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow. Alberta Oil Sands is chapter #2! Good book. Can't keep nature or people down. Author is humourous and insightful.

Jul 11, 2012
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One has to smile as the author, looking for ghastlyness is repeatedly disappointed - until he reaches India and China.

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